Hawaii's Big Island Family Multisport
- The sensational Waipio Valley, where sheer cliffs are blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls
- Bike on Crater Rim Drive before a huge descent to the stunning Kau Coast
- Plenty of quality beach time - and canoeing if you like
- Snorkel and kayak with sea turtles and colorful fish
- Hike across a caldera with a certified volcanologist
Big-Time Fun on the Big Island from Coast to Crater
Aloha and whoa! Animal: parrot fish, turtles, butterfly fish. Vegetable: rain forest, flower leis, fresh pineapple. Mineral: Sea caves, active volcanoes, black-sand beaches. Add crystalline water, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, snorkeling, biking. And plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside, hit the waterslide or head to the spa. You guessed it: Hawaii.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsThe Kilauea Lodge is a fairly rustic property that reflects its picturesque location near the stunning Volcanoes National Park. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with phones or televisions.
TrafficWhile Backroads strives to include routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, the Big Island's rugged topography limits the number of smooth paved roads. Our shuttle is always available to help you bypass more heavily trafficked or rough sections.
Day 1 The sensational Waipio Valley, where sheer cliffs are blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls Bike along Hamakua's high coastline - postcard-perfect valleys and lush tropical hills greet you around every turn.
Days 2-3 Hike across a caldera and through a forest of ginger with a local guide in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to Kilauea, the Earth's most active volcano Spin past ferns and ohia lehua trees on Crater Rim Drive before descending 4,000 feet to the stunning Kau Coast Kids: get ready for an authentic paniolo experience with horseback riding on a working ranch Is that rock moving? No, it's a sea turtle on the black sand of Punaluu Beach! Learn the stories of people who sought refuge at Puuhonua long ago.
Day 4 Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in crystalline Keauhou Bay Want a closer look? Don a mask and snorkel for a swimming adventure among colorful parrot fish, moorish idol and Hawaiian lionfish Fresh Kona coffee tempts at a small independent farm.
Days 5-6 Kids refine their paddling skills in the water with the Kona Boys and explore tide pools or learn to make leis Spin along the sun-drenched Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course Back at the resort, snorkel or play tennis Rather relax? Lounge on white sand or indulge at the spa Glimpse Hawaii's royal heritage on a visit to the temple of Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii's most renowned king.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The best leaders on a Backroads trip I’ve experienced. Their knowledge of the area, culture, animals, plants, myths/stories was excellent. They were all encouraging and worked to make sure everyone got to do what they wanted (levels, activity, whatever). I appreciated the down time built in to the schedule.- Los Altos Hills, CA
This was the best family vacation we ever had, and a great part of that was due to the wonderful leaders we had, who were simply outstanding. They not only were sensitive to our every need and concern, they were wonderful with the children, all of whom clearly ended up worshiping them and wishing - like us - that the trip would not end. I think our son would have preferred to go with them at the end than to come home with us! All in all, we're with Backroads for the long haul and look forward to another trip soon.- Manhattan Beach, CA
Superb operation, wonderful (WONDERFUL) family vacation experience. Taking the logistics/planning out of the equation made everything better. And the guides did a tremendous job enabling everyone in our family and our group to customize their daily activities to match their individual preferences. Truly a wonderful family experience.- San Francisco, CA
Casual & Premiere Inns*
Volcano Village (2 nights) An up-country bed-and-breakfast with ideal access to Volcanoes National Park.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Keauhou (1 night) This recently renovated full-service resort overlooks an ancient lava flow on the Kona coast. (pool, spa, tennis)
The Fairmont Orchid
Kohala Coast (2 nights) A blissful resort offering abundant amenities, a lovely half-moon beach and sweeping views of the Pacific. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Kids||Activities at Pa' ani Ranch (2 - 3 hours)|
|Other||Pu`uhonua o` Honaunau National Park visit (1 hour)|
|4||Kayaking||and snorkeling in Keauhou Bay (3 - 4 hours)|
|Other||Optional afternoon swimming or spa treatment|
|Other||Optional afternoon swimming, tennis, spa treatment or golf|
|Kids||Stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing (3 - 4 hours)|
On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with some climbs. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle